The Hyundai Elantra GT isn’t just a model of the Elantra, it’s its own car. Elantra is a prosaic four-door sedan, while Elantra GT is a sporty five-door hatchback with edgy styling. The Elantra GT is 9 inches shorter than the Elantra, on a wheelbase that’s 2 inches shorter, and uses a rear suspension designed for a tighter ride. Its competitors include the redesigned Volkswagen Golf, upcoming Ford Focus, Mazda 3, Subaru Impreza.
Elantra GT uses the same engine as the Elantra, a 2.0-liter four-cylinder rated at 173 horsepower and 154 pound-feet of torque. It’s front-wheel drive, and comes standard with a 6-speed manual transmission, although by far most models in showrooms will have the 6-speed automatic. It’s EPA rated at 24/33 mpg City/Highway.
Among its many standard features are Bluetooth, cruise control, heated front seats, cooled glovebox, rear wiper, satellite radio, and remote entry, although not the rearview camera, which you have to purchase as an option. Grander options include leather upholstery, 10-way power driver seat, panoramic sunroof, automatic headlights, ventilated front seats, automatic climate control, and a sport suspension.
The Elantra GT is unchanged for the 2016 model year, except for upgrades to the options: LED taillights, 17-inch alloy wheels, remote start system and climate control, and BlueLink infotainment system including navigation, HD radio and Siri.